The City of Darebin

Is a Power Partner

325kW

solar on council buildings

500

solar systems for pensioners and low-income households

11%

of households already have solar

Our vision is for a greener, bolder, more connected city and we must urgently reduce our greenhouse emissions to address the climate emergency which is causing damage to health, property and infrastructure. By joining the Cities Power Partnership we hope to make Darebin a more sustainable city fuelled by renewable energy. We look forward to sharing our successes with all levels of government and learning from the experiences of other Councils around Australia. The Cities Power Partnership also provides a fantastic opportunity to spread the climate emergency message. We invite all councils to join and declare a state of climate emergency and commit to the actions that will restore a safe climate for current and future generations.

Mayor Kim LeCerf

Partnership Action Pledge

Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.

Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

Council has set a target of zero net carbon emissions across Darebin by 2020 and released the first ever Climate Emergency Plan.

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body.

In 2017-2018 Darebin City Council is establishing the Darebin Energy Foundation (final name pending) to accelerate sustained and meaningful action with the community (residents, businesses, education and other organisations) to engage with the climate emergency challenge. Darebin has had an internal Energy Project Officer for some years.

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

Darebin has committed to installing an additional 440kW of solar PV on council buildings over the next 5 years.

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approval processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

Darebin has committed to solar programs with a combined budget of $20M to install over 11,000kW of solar on homes, organisations, schools and businesses, in Darebin over the next five years.

Council has committed to upgrading Council’s vehicle fleet with lowest emission vehicles including explore electric vehicle options for fleet, partnering with others to look at public charging options, and partnering with others to explore electric car share options.

The City of Darebin

What Darebin has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

Our award winning environmental initiatives like our Solar Savers program has established our reputation as leader local government:

  • Darebin City Council leads by example, having installed 352kW of solar on its own buildings.
  • The Solar $aver program has resulted in the installation of close to 500 solar systems on the roofs of pensioners and low-income households and over 100kW on community organisations. What makes this particularly innovative is the payment model, whereby Council pays for the systems up-front, and residents repay the cost over ten years, interest-free, through a Special Charge as part of their rates.
  • Darebin has made significant greenhouse savings while also improving the resilience of those in our community who are most affected by extreme weather. We know that in Melbourne we are going to face an increase in the frequency and severity of heatwaves, and that this will hit our elders and low-income households hardest. Along with the Solar $aver program:
    • Darebin Cool Shade provided external shading or draught-proofing for 482 vulnerable households.
    • Darebin Fan Fair provided over 1000 fans to households prone to heat stress.
  • The Talking My Language program worked in partnership with CALD communities to develop culturally and linguistically specific and appropriate engagement programs and materials around energy efficiency.

What Darebin hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

  • This year we will release our Climate Emergency Plan, a first for Australian local government.
  • Currently 11% of households and 1% of businesses have solar systems in Darebin generating 18 megawatts of solar. We will expand our Solar $avers program with an investment of $20M, which, together with a range of other initiatives, will double solar power production to 36 megawatts over the next five years.
  • Darebin City Council is committed to more than doubling its own renewable energy generation, with plans to install a further 440kW of solar over the next five years.
  • We will continue to educate and empower our community about the impacts of climate change and what they can to adapt to the changing climate. We will continue to bolster the resilience of our community by fostering sustainability leadership, enabling groups to take action, and supporting urban agriculture among other measures.
  • The Darebin Energy Foundation will be established in the next year to accelerate sustained and meaningful action with the community, exploring innovative approaches in response to the climate emergency such as community owned renewable energy.
  • The Darebin Nature Trust will be established in the next year to assist in reducing the urban heat island effect and protecting our biodiversity.

Why Darebin joined the Cities Power Partnership 

Our vision is for a greener, bolder, more connected city and we must urgently reduce our greenhouse emissions to address the climate emergency which is causing damage to health, property and infrastructure. By joining the Cities Power Partnership we hope to make Darebin a more sustainable city fuelled by renewable energy. We look forward to sharing our successes with all levels of government and learning from the experiences of other Councils around Australia. The Cities Power Partnership also provides a fantastic opportunity to spread the climate emergency message. We invite all councils to join and declare a state of climate emergency and commit to the actions that will restore a safe climate for current and future generations.

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